The Layering Of Rugs

Dated: 08/23/2013

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With fall around the corner, there will be lots of clothes-layering, but what about layering rugs? I'm not talking about sliding a no-slip pad under your throw rug, but, rather, purposefully taking two or more rugs and layering them for a dramatic yet haphazard effect. Sometimes these rugs are lined up and centered atop one another; sometimes the placement is all kinds of willy-nilly. Sometimes it gives a room that wild genie-in-a-bottle-sit-here-and-smoke-a-hookah-with-me effect, and sometimes it perfectly complements a mild-mannered room. Either way, layering rugs is a "thing" now. I think I like this thing. It gives rooms extra dimension, interest, and texture, right along with more comfort. And the trend, surprisingly, suits a number of home decor styles--not just bohemian, but also more traditional looks. See below...
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Some of the best bets for layering rugs include:
  • Cowhide rug over a jute (or other natural fiber) rug
  • Zebra print over a natural fiber rug
  • Flokati or other fur over neutral area rug
  • Rugs of similar size overlapping one another
  • Anything kinda threadbare but cool (a treasured old oriental, for instance) atop a sturdier neutral rug
  • Layering a too-small but beloved rug over a larger rug
This whole layering rugs thing isn't for everyone. Especially because rugs are so insanely pricey, it can be viewed as an extravagance. I think, though, that it offers the unexpected in even the plainest spaces and that layering rugs naturally imparts a collected and eclectic look. And with sites like Overstock.com offering some pretty good deals on sizable rugs--not to mention Craigslist--the trend doesn't have to totally bust your budget.So, what do you think? Would you layer rugs in your home?

by T.J. Anderson
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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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